Prayer Ministry Listing

January 4th, 2017

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at or

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:
Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra  – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Frank Watson – Member of CCOT
Joan Panella – Mom of Mark Panella
Scott Dwinell – Member of CCOT
Mark Gosbee – Son of Judi and Gary Gosbee
Ray Ocock – Friend of CCOT
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Susan Sidell – Friend of Ruth Bortzfield
Helen Talberth – Member of CCOT
Jeanette Imboden – Sister-in-law of Cathy Imboden
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Paul Jensen – Brother of Bev Hall
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
John William – Friend of CCOT
Tricia Hudson – Friend of CCOT
Don Moran – Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
Don Van-Lenten – Friend of Tricia Haines
Warren Gustafson – Brother of Jane Jones
Barbara Nelson – Friend of The Jones Family
Rose DiTucci – Mom of Paul DiTucci
Kay Walker – Mom of a friend of Kim Itz
Mary Wilber – Grandmothet of Christy Redding

Mission and Outreach Christmas Offering

December 15th, 2016

Romans 15: 13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

December 2016

Dear Church family,
Throughout the year, members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield reach out and give of their time, talent, and treasure in many ways.  During the Christmas season, it has been a tradition in our church to offer members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution.  This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has selected the following recipients for our Christmas offering:

Lazarus House: (Lawrence, MA. Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God.  They provide a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to:  food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.

Christmas Fund: (formerly known as Veterans of the Cross): A special offering of the UCC whose funds provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay church employees both active and retired.  The funds do not support programs or institutions, but people in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Christmas envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

Wishing you every blessing of the Season,

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Cathy Imboden          Guido Voss           John Burgess
Claudia Worth            Sue Blanchard     Cathy Szymanski
Karen Trevenen         Jim Barnes           Pam Warren

Coat, Blanket and Winter Accessories Collection for NuDay Syria

November 23rd, 2016

Provide some warmth to displaced Syrians this winter. We are collecting much needed winter items for the NH based organization NuDay Syria to ship to
displaced women, children and wounded Syrians. We are partnering with St.John’s Episcopal Church of Beverly Farms in this effort.

The following gently used and new items are appreciated:
• Blankets
• Coats
• Children’s coats
• Hats/gloves/mittens
• Scarves
• Thermal underwear

Donations will be accepted through December 14th.
Collection box will be in the Emerson Center.

Thank you for your assistance with this collection
~ The Board of Mission and Outreach.

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid inside Syria and helping displaced Syrians in the bordering areas around Syria. They focus on bringing housing and food to displaced families with single mothers or wounded family members.

NuDay is especially concerned with the plight and vulnerability of displaced Syrian women and girls, whose needs are often overlooked and voices not heard. NuDay Syria advocates for girls and women who now find themselves with no male breadwinners and often have little skills and experience earning and providing for their families.

Please visit their website for further details about this organization:


Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection

November 23rd, 2016

Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection
Once again it is time for our Gifts of Love Toy Collection and Special Christmas Coffee Hour Fellowship.

We will be participating in the Haverhill Department of Children and Families “Adopt a Family Program” again this year.
The Haverhill Branch serves the children in Topsfield and many of our surrounding towns.  Their “Adopt A Family” program provides gifts for children in need at Christmastime.   Gift tags  will be hanging on the Christmas tree in the Emerson Center starting on Sunday, November 27th.

Gift tags will have the child’s first name, last initial and age, along with their gift choice and a clothing need.  Please return the clothing item and your gift (wrapped and with tag attached), to the church during our Gifts of Love  Coffee Fellowship- Sunday, December 18th.  We will be having a special brunch, complete with Wassail and  Music. Thank you for helping to make a child’s Christmas morning a little bit brighter.

Karen Trevenen, on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach.

Join us in making music at CCoT!

November 23rd, 2016

joelschwindtPlease contact Joel at if you are interested in contributing to the music of CCoT; all forms of worship are welcome! Feel free to simply drop in and join us for rehearsal any time—no audition required!
The Chancel Choir (adult singers, high school age and up) that sings most Sundays from Homecoming Sunday in September through Memorial Day. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8:30-9, both in the sanctuary of the meetinghouse. We hope that all members can make it to rehearsal on a regular basis, but you are welcome to join us whenever you are able.
The Bell Choir is a group of adult hand bell players (age exceptions made upon request) that performs 4-5 times per year. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15, and 8:30-9:00 a.m. on Sundays on which the group is performing.
The Chancel and Bell Choirs also put on an annual Christmas Concert, which coincides with Topsfield’s “Holiday Walk.” For this concert, the choir prepares a large work, the Bell Choir contributes selections, and all of us help to lead a Christmas carol sing-along.

Christmas and New Year’s Day Service Schedule

November 22nd, 2016

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

for Children & Families

Saturday, December 24th – 5 p.m.


Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Saturday, December 24th – 10 p.m.


Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th- 9:30 a.m. Worship

No Sunday School and no Nursery on Christmas Day(December 25)

Children may remain in worship.


New Years Day

Sunday, January 1st- 9:30 a.m. Worship.

No Sunday School and no Nursery on New Year’s Day (January 1)

Children may remain in worship.



ACE Speaker Event- Sunday, November 20

November 3rd, 2016

The Adult Education committee is pleased to announce an after service session on Sunday November 20, 2016 with Mary MacDonald and her spouse, Karl Ackerman.  They offer at their home in Topsfield two services for long-term-caregivers and people across the lifespan living with illness and disability: A monthly Sunday Stroll and Memory Café in their wheelchair-accessible gardens (April – October), and a 2-hour Guided Respite Retreat (offered year-round, by appointment with Mary).  A survivor of a difficult dementia-care journey, Mary became a certified Life Coach, Group Leader, and Kripalu Yoga Teacher and founded MaryMac Missions and Rest.Stop.Ranch in 2010 (,  She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Please mark your calendars for November 20th and join us as we learn from this interesting and dedicated couple about an important subject affecting many of us.  ACE

Contact:  Steve Whelan –

Haven from Hunger…It’s time to fill the truck!

November 3rd, 2016

Haven from Hunger…It’s time to fill the truck!

Bring your food Items Sunday!!
On Sunday, November 20th, the Truck from Haven from Hunger will be arriving during our Sunday Worship service for our church to fill with groceries for replenishing their food pantry located in Peabody.  If you are unable to bring groceries to church on Sunday, a bin for donations is available Fri. Nov. 18th in the church office.
The food pantry at Haven from Hunger provides over 1,800 households with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, diary, and canned goods. Last year, they distributed enough food for close to 600,000 meals and they need our church’s help to continue.  Items such as canned tuna and chicken, soups (other than chicken noodle), cereal, peanut butter, and personal care items are urgently needed but all contributions are welcome! Please check the expiration date and avoid glass containers.
Our church has historically been a great supporter of this organization and we can expect to do so again due to your generosity.

The Mission Board thanks you in advance for your support that will mean so much for others during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Cathy Imboden, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop –

October 17th, 2016

Calling friends, families and neighbors!
You may remember the fun time ~8 volunteers from our church had at Beverly Bootstraps last month sorting clothes, pricing and hanging items.  Due to the success and popularity of this venture, we would love to give Beverly Bootstraps a monthly commitment  penciling in the third Monday of each month, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. starting October 17th!  If you are interested, email Susan Blanchard at and she will add your name and contact info to sign-up genius.  It’s that simple!

Join in the Celebration

October 17th, 2016

Refugee Immigration Ministry

30th Anniversary International Dinner
Sharing the Gifts of Our Diverse Cultures

Sunday, November 6, 2016
5:30 p.m.  Horsd’oeuvres
6:30 p.m.  An International Buffet
Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony
First Congregational Church
121 West Foster St.  Melrose, MA.

Tickets:  $40 ($35 if you buy before October 15)
Mail check to RIM at 6 Pleasant St. Ste 612, Malden, MA.  02148

Contact: Cathy Imboden at